|ACHIEVA - Arc of Beaver||Day Camp in Beaver County is a summer recreational day camp at Brady's Run Park available to school age children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.||Beaver||Summer Programs||Summer Programs|
|Active Learning Computer Enrichment Programs||Active Learning Services operates chess camps (thru USA Chess), Gamebuilder Video Game creation camps (using Gamemaker or Microsoft Kodu), Scratch Animation Creation camps, and other enrichment programs designed to stimulate creative thinking, improve logic and memory skills and give children "thinking alternatives" to sports camps and other summer camps and enrichment programs. Our enrichment programs include the USA Chess chess camps, chess lessons and school programs thru USA Chess, and our Gamebuilder Video Game Creation Programs (including our newest game creation camp using Microsoft Kodu), Computer Animation and our other Active Learning Computer Enrichment Programs .
USA Chess is the largest and premier chess camp organizer for children in the United States.Founded in 1997 USA Chess has grown from one camp in Dallas, TX to more than 100 camps across the United States! We also teach chess in over 65 school chess programs in Dallas, Houston, Austin, and Washington DC.
Our Gamebuilder Video Game Creation Programs are extremely popular and fun way for children to get exposure to computer programming and game design using GameMaker software or Kodu by Microsoft and Computer enrichment Animation creation programs using Scratch -developed by MIT.||Allegheny||Summer Programs||Summer Programs|
|Allegheny County Camp Cadet||A free one-week residential camp designed to give youth a better understanding of law enforcement activities while living in an atmosphere similar to a police training academy. Emphasis is placed on improving self-discipline, building self-esteem and confidence through teamwork and making new friends. This camp is a mini version of a police academy; it is NOT a boot camp for troubled youth.
The day will consist of physical training (PT), followed by a morning run then the cadets will return to their quarters for personal hygiene and prepare for inspection. During the day various activities are scheduled including presentations by various agencies, a mock crime scene investigation, mock criminal trial and sporting activities.||Allegheny||Allegheny County Camp Cadet||Allegheny County Camp Cadet|
|Alternative Community Resource Program - Summer Treatment Program||Provides treatment for children ages 5 to 12 and adolescents ages 13-18 with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or similar disorders. It is tailored to each child’s behavioral, emotional, and interpersonal needs. The ultimate goal is to build on a child’s social and emotional skills so he or she can return to school ready to succeed.||Cambria||Summer Treatment Program||Alternative Community Resource Program, Inc.|
|Althea Gibson Community Education and Tennis Center - After School and Summer Camp Programs||The Althea Gibson Community Education and Tennis Center is a nonprofit tax-exempt organization that provides after school and summer camp programs for youth ages 8 to 14. Located in North Central Philadelphia, Pennsylvania the Center is celebrating its 5th anniversary in 2008.
Our mission is building strong minds and bodies through educational, arts and sports programs such as: health /nutrition, graphic arts design, scrabble, gardnering, leadership development, chess, homework help and special projects and initiatives. Although the sports aspect is quite possibly the main attraction for our youth, it is the educational component that will maintain them and provide long-term advancement opportunities.||Philadelphia||Althea Gibson Community Education and Tennis Center - Philadelphia; North Philadelphia||Althea Gibson Community Education and Tennis Center |
|American Diabetes Association Pittsburgh||Provides the Diabetes Expo, youth programs, summer camps, family resource networks, monthly magazines, speakers, health fairs, golf and cycling events, America's Walk for diabetes, fundraising events, and advocacy program initiatives.||Allegheny||American Diabetes Association Pittsburgh||American Diabetes Association|
|Amputee Coalition - Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp||The Amputee Coalition's Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp is a 5-day traditional summer camp experience for children ages 10-17 who have lost arms and/or legs or who were born with limb differences. The camp offers challenging activities that build campers' confidence regardless of skill level and takes place at Camp JOY in Clarksville, OH.
A unique aspect of our program is that campers are not accompanied by their parents, which inspires campers to take on new challenges, be independent, test themselves and build new friendships in a supportive, caring environment.||Amputee Coalition||Amputee Coalition|
|Animal Friends - Camps for Young Pet Lovers||Numerous day camp sessions of 3 to 4 days each for pet lovers up to age 17. Sessions are tailored to the student's school grade level and include appropriate activities and projects centered around pets.||Allegheny||Summer Programs||Summer Programs|
|Archdiocese of Philadelphia - Art Camp - Archbishop Ryan High School||Provides printmaking, wire sculpture, elements of drawing and design and painting. Supplies are included.||Philadelphia||@ Archbishop Ryan High School||Archdiocese of Philadelphia|
|Archdiocese of Philadelphia - Music Camp - Archbishop Ryan High School||Provides classes in woodwind, bass, percussion, strings, piano, computer music writing, music theory and jazz basics. For jazz basics students must have had 2 years of an instrument.||Philadelphia||@ Archbishop Ryan High School||Archdiocese of Philadelphia|
|Archdiocese of Philadelphia - Percussion Camp - Father Judge High School||For students interested in learning or improving their abilities in all facets of percussion performance. Topics include basic rudiments, drum set styles, reading (moderate-advanced), auxiliary percussion instrument technique, Latin instruments/rhythms, mallet (scales & reading), ensemble playing and marching percussion.||Philadelphia||@ Father Judge High School||Archdiocese of Philadelphia|
|Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia - Phil-A-Kid Summer History History Camp||Provides four - 1 week encampments. Session 1- Consists of a Modern Philadelphia theme. Session 2 - Consists of a Victorian Philadelphia theme. Session 3 - Consists of a Colonial theme. Session 4 - Provides trips, topics and activities along with a Colonial theme. There are field trips each week; walking tours of Philadelphia; examining old photos; period games and crafts; handling rare artifacts. Fee covers all transportation, trip fees and afternoon snack. Students are required to bring a bag lunch. Space is limited to 30 campers per week.||Philadelphia||Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia - Philadelphia; Center City||Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia|
|Belmont Theatre||Voluntary, non-profit organization offering live entertainment, education and hands-on experience in the performing arts. Volunteers are needed for all aspects of productions and office assistance. Classes and summer camps are available.||York||Belmont Theatre||Belmont Theatre|
|CADAprograms - Camps||Summer Activities For Everyone (SAFE) is divided into two camps. A 6 week summer camp, with a one week break in between camps, then a 3 week summer camp. Camp focuses on arts, math, reading, computers, cultural enrichment, crafts, ecology, and field trips for grades k -12. Parents may drop off children at 6:300 AM and pick them up no later than 4:30 PM.
After School Program (The Academy) assists with homework, crafts, computers, and cultural enrichment activities. We encourage Home Schooled students to attend for socialization skills. East Allegheny School District students are bused. Parents can drop their child or children off at 2:00 PM. All students must be picked up by 6:00 PM. The program follows the East Allegheny School District schedule.||Allegheny||CADAprograms||Citizens to Abolish Domestic Apartheid|
|Cambria County Camp Cadet||A free one-week residential camp designed to give youth a better understanding of law enforcement activities while living in an atmosphere similar to a police training academy. Emphasis is placed on improving self-discipline, building self-esteem and confidence through teamwork and making new friends. This camp is a mini version of a police academy; it is NOT a boot camp for troubled youth.||Cambria||Camp Cadet||Cambria County Camp Cadet|
|Camp Dreamcatcher - Therapeutic and Educational Camp Session||Camp Dreamcatcher welcomes 130 HIV/AIDS impacted youth to the session in August. Camp staff includes 250 counselors, medical personnel, professionals, community members and volunteer during the camp week.||Chester||Camp Dreamcatcher - Chester; Kennett Square||Camp Dreamcatcher|
|Camp Hebron, Inc.||Offers a summer residential camp
Camp Location: 957 Camp Hebron Road, Halifax, PA 17032
Age Range: 1st-12th grade
Financial Aid: Yes
Overnight camping and outings with camps for youth and families, canoe trips, horseback riding, backpacking, handicapped 18 years and up, senior citizens, church retreat groups. Adventure challenge, onsite gymnasium and climbing wall. Banquets for nonprofits, churches and civic organizations. Training and leadership retreats using challenge activities. Options for day visits include picnics, hiking, boating and other activities by arrangement.||Dauphin||Camp Hebron, Inc.||Camp Hebron, Inc.|
|Camping||Children and adults with special needs love an opportunity to go camping. Each year an amazing group of volunteers from throughout the United States come together to provide and amazing experience for our campers. There are a myriad of activities to engage the campers and lots of one on one attention. The key to the success is the intergenerational staff working together for the well being of the campers and to the Glory of God.
Camp is not respite care so we ask that our campers have the mental ability to grasp the concepts presented in our daily Chapels and Bible classes.
In the summer, we provide several weeks of camping for youth and adults with physical and mental disabilities. We rent a camp in Mercersburg and one in Carlisle and have campers from Franklin, Cumberland, Perry, York, Adams and Dauphin counties.
||Franklin||Christian Residential Opportunities and Social Services (CROSS Inc.)||Christian Residential Opportunities and Social Services (CROSS Inc.)|
|Camp Sandy Cove||Camp Sandy Cove is a non-profit, non-denominational Christian camp for boys and girls ages 7 to 15, dedicated to sharing the message of salvation through Jesus Christ, and helping young people develop a relationship with their Creator. Located twenty-five minutes west of Winchester, Virginia in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of West Virginia, Camp Sandy Cove is proud of our tradition of offering "Christian Camping at its best."||*Main Site (Sandy Cove Ministries and Conference Center)||Sandy Cove Ministries & Conference Center|
|CAPPA Summer Youth Basketball/ Gang Prevention Workshops||The Summer Basketball program promotes teamwork, strategic thinking, good sportsmanship and positive conflict resolution among all participants. All youth are required to attend "Gang Prevention Workshops" conducted by law enforcement officers and other community partners. The workshops give an overview of gangs with a focus on the realities of gang involvement. Parents are encouraged to attend all workshops with their children and to bring a friend or family member.||Lycoming||CAPPA Summer Youth Basketball/ Gang Prevention Workshops||Community Alliance for Progressive Positive Action (CAPPA)|
|Carlow University - Summer Science Nation||Four day program (June 27,28,29,30) that introduces participants to career options in science. Through hands-on lab experiments, field trips to Pittsburgh’s research and industry facilities and meetings with scientists in the field, attendees will see the broad range of opportunities in science that are available- and meet women succeeding in these careers. Attendees will visit the McGowan Center for Regenerative Medicine and will also meet other girls who want to explore a future in science. Attendees will also get to enjoy 3 nights in Carlow’s dorms!||Allegheny||Carlow University||Carlow University|
|Carnegie Mellon University FIRST Summer Camps||Carnegie Mellon University Girls of Steel Robotics Summer Camps offers students the opportunity to participate in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).
The FIRST LEGO League Skills camp is designed to teach students to strategize, design, build, program, test and compete in LEGO EV3 robot building and programming.||Allegheny||Summer Programs||Summer Programs|
|Carnegie Summer Science Camps||Half-day and full-day camps investigate science careers, experiment with roller coasters at Kennywood, build a bridge, explore our city and navigate the three rivers. With Carnegie Science Center as home base, campers have access to hundreds of hands-on||Allegheny||Carnegie Science Center||Carnegie Science Center|
|Computing Workshop||Computing Workshop provides a completely individualized, strengths–based summer program for students on the Autistic Spectrum or with other cognitive, affective, and/or physical differences. The program is designed to serve students at all levels. The student/family, Computing Workshop staff, and representatives from school or agency work together to design a summer schedule for the student including any or all of the following: Social skills; communications skills; academics in all content areas (from remedial/basic through advanced/enrichment, college+ level); support for emerging skills or upcoming changes in school programming; career exploration/site visits; transition services, including assessment, employment simulation, internship placement, pre-college program; community -based experiences. The program offers a particularly broad range of options in areas of computing/technology and the arts.||Allegheny||Summer Programs||Summer Programs|
|Congregation Beth Solomon Community Center - Camp Kinderland for Girls||Flexible and innovative Jewish camp provides daily shiur, swimming, art, dance, music, baking, sports, field trips and more activities. Kosher breakfast, hot lunch and snacks served. Extended care and transportation available for an additional cost.||Philadelphia||Congregation Beth Solomon Community Center - Philadelphia; Northeast Philadelphia||Congregation Beth Solomon Community Center|
|Congregation Beth Solomon Community Center - Camp Malchus for Boys||Flexible, innovative Jewish Camp provides daily shiur, sports, swimming, arts and crafts, woodworking, bowling, barbecues, baseball games, overnights, late nights, little league and weekly trips. Kosher breakfast, hot lunch and snacks are served. Extended care and transportation available for an additional cost.||Philadelphia||Congregation Beth Solomon Community Center - Philadelphia; Northeast Philadelphia||Congregation Beth Solomon Community Center|
|County Corrections Gospel Mission - Camp at Old Mill||The camp at Old Mill was purchased, renovated and established to strengthen our effectiveness and impact upon Coatesville’s ‘at risk’ children and similar needs from Brooklyn, New York to Chester, Pennsylvania.||Chester||COUNTY CORRECTIONS GOSPEL MISSION - Chester; Coatesville||County Corrections Gospel Mission|
|Covenant Academy - Summer Camp||Camp Covenant is an 8-week program designed for children ages 2½ - 7. Our program offers a fun-filled Christian environment where each day begins with morning devotions followed by fun activities, academic enrichment, arts and crafts, games, water fun and field-trips.||Philadelphia||*Main Site (Covenant Academy)||Covenant Academy|
|Cranberry Township - Camp Cranberry||Camp Cranberry provides a variety of day camps, overnight camps and themed camps designed to meet children's needs to create friendships, have fun and be creative. Adventure camps such as Time Travelers, Dinosaur Detectives, Island Explorers and Mad Scientist feature special theme-related games and crafts.
Our camps meet children's needs for adventure, physical challenge, skill development and fun! Sports Camps include skill development for each sport and in the afternoon, regular camp activities such as environmental education, theme afternoons, arts & crafts, and guest speakers.
Our Great Outdoors camps are filled with adventures - fishing, ropes course, canoeing, and more.
Camp descriptions and fees available at website. Some camps take place at different local area locations.||Butler||Cranberry Township Community Development||Cranberry Township Community Development|
|Deer Valley YMCA Family Camp||Wonderful times await you at Deer Valley YMCA Camp. Nestled in southern Somerset County at the base of Mount Davis, Pennsylvania's highest point, Deer Valley is a beautiful tradition that's brought families and friends together since 1957.
Operated by the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh
||Somerset||YMCA of Pittsburgh||YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh|
|DreamWrights Center for Community Arts||Fostering and inspiring growth, responsibility and creativity for people of all ages and cultures through an educational theatre arts program.
A season of large cast multi-generational live theatre performances.
Theatre arts classes are available in the spring and fall. Week long classes in summer.
Creativity camps are offered for all ages.
Offers special programs for teens and children who are home schooled.
Offers a Costume Shop.
Outreach theatre sessions as well as touring shows are available to come to your location.
Some scholarships are available for those in financial need.||York||DreamWrights Center for Community Arts||DreamWrights Center for Community Arts|
|Elizabethtown College||Offers a variety of undergraduate liberal arts and pre-professional programs leading to Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science Degrees; Master’s Degrees in Occupational Therapy, Curriculum and Instruction, Special Education and Public Policy. The School of Continuing and Professional Studies provides adult education programs that lead to Bachelor's and Master’s Degrees.
Also available: Evening classes, summer session, High Center for Family Business, Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies-world’s foremost experts on Amish culture, Social Enterprise Institute.||Lancaster||Elizabethtown College||Elizabethtown College|
|Family Camp Weekend||Streamside Family Camp is an exciting weekend filled with fun, friends, good food, and Bible teaching that meet the needs of every age - all at a very affordable price!
Relax in our family-friendly setting and enjoy the freedom of developing your own schedule. With activities such as archery, nature, crafts, fishing, and swimming to choose from, there is no room for boredom! Insightful parenting workshops will offer inspiration and good advice, while the children enjoy discovering more about God and His creation. A special get together for the parents will be offered in the evening - leave the childcare to us! We serve three delicious meals a day, so even your “super selective” eaters are sure to be satisfied.
Family members of all ages are welcome. However most activities are geared toward children ages 5 plus. Younger children are welcome to attend and participate, but not all activities will be appropriate for them.
||Monroe||*Main Site (Streamside Camp & Conference Center)||Streamside Camp and Conference Center|
|Family Guidance, Inc. Promise Camp||Highly relational Christian camping experience for kids from disadvantaged or at-risk backgrounds. Focuses on spiritual issues and building self-confidence and decision-making skills.||Beaver||Family Guidance, Inc.||Family Guidance, Inc.|
|Franklin YMCA - Soccer Camp||Soccer camp running in June.||Venango||Franklin YMCA||Franklin YMCA|
|Franklin YMCA - Sports Camp||General sports camp running in June and July.||Venango||Franklin YMCA||Franklin YMCA|
|Free Library of Philadelphia - Summer College Camp - Philadelphia City Institute||Weekly sessions include computer lab, field trips, games, career exploration, theater & creative dramatics, library skills enrichment, sports, and art projects.||Philadelphia||Philadelphia City Institute||Free Library of Philadelphia|
|French Communication Institute - Educational and Recreational Program||9 week educational & recreational programs provide:
- A unique blend of traditional and teen travel camps.
- Adventure, discovery, increased self confidence, exposure to different cultures, fun and new friendships.
- Classes to introduce, stimulate or improve camper’s skills in the following areas: French, Spanish, Computers, Theater, Art, Hip Hop Dance, Karate, Science & Biology, Reading, Math, Book Clubs, Scrapbooking, Ceramics, Nature Projects and French Cooking & Baking.
- Athletics such as Basketball, Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, Baseball, Tennis, Football, Track & Field, Dodgeball and Kickball that is led by our skilled coaches and counselors. The proper level of competition allows every camper to be comfortable joining in while promoting teamwork & spirit. Every camper walks off the field or court with more friends and feeling better about him or herself.
- Daily Field Trips, most with an educational focus, in and around Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Washington, DC.
- Swimming: Campers ages 4 to 7 will visit the water-filled theme park Sesame Place.
- Campers 8 to 14 will learn basic swim techniques at a pool.
- Optional overnight adventures.
Provides soccer, baseball, tennis, street hockey, volleyball, football, indoor swimming, ultimate Frisbee, basketball, French, Spanish, theater, computers, French cooking and baking, etiquette, dance, martial arts, science, photography, art, reading and homework help. Fee required.||Philadelphia||French Communication Institute - Philadelphia; Logan Square||French Communication Institute|
|Good Works - Youth Work Camp||The Good Works work camp is designed to provide youth with a meaningful service experience. In addition to accomplishing much needed repairs on homes, they also interact daily with the homeowners and their neighbors and friends. It is a double-edged ministry - we minister to our homeowners with our work and fellowship and they minister right back to us with their sincerity and gratitude. Projects are chosen to provide sufficient work so that all participants will be meaningfully involved.
Dates & Location
The Summer Youth Work Camp is held every year in Coatesville, PA.
The 2011 camp has openings available for the week of July 31- August 6.
Students entering 9th through 12th grades.
$260 per person
A deposit of $50 per person is requested with the completed registration form. Any registrations received after 2/25/11 will be awarded on a space available basis. The deposit is nonrefundable.
After receiving your registration form, a packet will be sent with more detailed information. Your final balance is due on or before May 7, 2011.
Each youth group should provide at least one male and one female leader who stay overnight. If the group is three or more work crews, it is helpful for the youth group leader to be free to visit all groups and help where needed. The youth pastor/leader is required to stay overnight to oversee his/her group.
Work Crew Size
6 - 10 people, including at least two adults
Work Crew Leaders
Each church will provide Work Crew Leaders for each of their crews. The WCL's job is to coordinate the repair work and bring the youth and homeowner's families together during the workday.
Opportunities for church members to assist the youth during work camp
If there are adults in the church with skills in general home repair who would like to help but cannot commit for the entire week, please invite them to join the youth during the day. The additional technical assistance is always welcome!
Each work crew works at a home for the entire week (Monday-Friday), from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Each work crew must have a vehicle to transport them and the tools needed to the worksite each day.
Some tools/equipment should be provided by each youth group for each of their work crews. A list will be sent to all Youth Leaders prior to the Work Camp.
Good Works Support
We provide building materials, dumpsters, trucks to transport the materials, and an expert technical staff for advice on the repairs. This staff is comprised of local carpenters and professional contractors who love the Lord. Each project may have a full-time advisor or share one with another crew, depending on the scope of the repairs to be done.
Groups sleep and eat at a local church. Breakfast and dinner are prepared by the Good Works cook. Groups are asked to help with meals by setting the table, cleaning up, and washing dishes. Bag lunches are prepared by the youth and taken to the worksite. At the end of each workday, the youth are given an opportunity to shower at the Brandywine YMCA.
These programs are planned, organized, and supervised by the Good Works Staff. The discussions and activities have proven to be an important part of the total Work Camp experience.
For more information, please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Cathy Gilbert, or call 610-383-9247.||Chester||*Main Site (Good Works, Inc.)||Good Works|
|Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA - The Arts Center||Dedicated to helping individuals discover the joy of making art. Offers a variety of classes and instruction in mediums of drawing, painting, jewlery and pottery. Offers programming for all ages.||Northumberland||Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA - The Arts Center||Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA|
|Hanover Area YMCA Association, Hanover Branch - Sports Camps and Summer Camp||•Nature Camp
•Sports Skills Camp
Registration starts in February for Summer Opportunities
||York||Hanover Area YMCA Association, North Hanover Branch||Hanover Area YMCA Association|
|Hometown Hoops Mini-Camps||Allegheny County is offering 29 basketball mini-camps in 11 communities throughout the county this summer for youngsters ages 6-18. The mini-camps are FREE thanks to a grant secured by the Allegheny County Department of Economic Development. Participants will learn basketball skills from coaches & players with experience in the NBA, NCAA & WPIAL.
The mini-camps take place Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at the locations listed below. There is no mini-camp on Independence Day. In case of inclement weather, call (412) 350-2455 to confirm if a mini-camp is taking place. For further information, contact the Parks Department at (412) 350-2455.
June 23 & 24, California Avenue Park in Avalon
June 25-27, Meyers Ridge Park in McKees Rocks
June 30 & July 1, Crawford Village Basketball Courts in McKeesport
July 2 & 3, Hawkins Village Basketball Court in Rankin
July 7 & 8, Hosanna House in Wilkinsburg
July 9 & 10, Natrona Ballfield in Natrona Heights
July 11 & 14, Pitcairn Park in Pitcairn
July 15 & 16, Sharpsburg Family Worship Center in Sharpsburg
July 17 & 18, Wilmerding YMCA in Wilmerding
July 21 & 22, Pleasant Ridge Community Center in McKees Rocks
July 23 & 24, Founders Hall School in McKeesport
July 25, Marion Circle Basketball Courts in Clairton
July 28-30, Charlie Batch Playground in Homestead
July 31 & Aug. 1, Harrison Village Basketball Courts in McKeesport
||Allegheny||Summer Programs||Summer Programs|
|iCan Shine - Bike Camp||A program that offers children with autism, Down syndrome and other disabilities a chance to learn and experience bicycle riding.||Allegheny||Summer Programs||Summer Programs|
|Illumination Youth Arts - United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania||Program focuses on teaching at-risk children and teens artistic skills in a variety of disciplines to help them explore their life experiences and build confidence. All programming is offered at no charge, primarily at UNC’s Oppenheim Center for the Arts in Scranton, which is fully equipped with studio space for each artistic discipline. Transportation is available and dinner is also served on weeknights. Classes usually take place in the evening and focus on six arts disciplines: photography, theatre, dance, pottery, visual arts, and podcasting.||Lackawanna||Youth Programs||United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania|
|Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center - Summer Camp||An inclusive summer camp for children at all levels of ability that develops horsemanship & teamwork, and skills. Week-long experience.||Bucks||Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center - Bucks; Perkasie||Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center|
|Junior Golf Clinics - Academic Year Program||Program is structured to build the fundamental golf swing through teaching theory, application of theory and competitive play; beginning with the putt and building to the full swing. Sliding scale fees. Scholarships are available for those who qualify on a first-come, first-serve basis.||*Main Site (Phyllis G. Meekins (PGM) Golf Clinics, Inc.)||LPGA Foundation|
|Junior Golf Clinics - Summer Camp Program||Conducts a four-week summer day camp at Freeway Golf Course in Sicklerville, NJ. The program structure is consistent with the Academic Year Program. Sliding scale fees. Scholarships are available for those who qualify on a first-come, first-serve basis. PGM also provides transportation, equipment, refreshments, t-shirts, and playing privileges for those who qualify.||*Main Site (Phyllis G. Meekins (PGM) Golf Clinics, Inc.)||LPGA Foundation|
|Kids Kamp||Imagine crisp mountain air, bright sunny days, starry nights, the splendor of nature, and the sounds of enthusiastic campers racing around a grassy field playing their favorite games. Welcome to Streamside where adventure, good times, important truths and who knows what new experience awaits each one!
Each encampment is structured with an overall schedule while allowing campers freedom to customize their camping experience with activities such as:
Basketball and Volleyball
Soccer and Field Games
Bible Stories, Teaching and Devotionals
Swimming and Fishing
Canoeing and Paddle Boating
Great Food and Banquets
Arts and Crafts
Archery and Slingshot
Campfires and Cookouts
Mountain Climbing and Backpacking
Nature Center and Tree House
Drama and Choir
Snack Shop and Gift Shop
Swings and Playgrounds
To name a few!
But wait, that’s not all!
Whether in the Dining Hall, by the pool, or the popular breakfast in bed, campers enjoy three nutritionally-balanced and delicious meals a day - even the most picky eater is sure to be satisfied. Speaking of food, don’t forget about all the tasty treats offered in the Snack Shop!
Here at Streamside, we firmly believe that one of the ways that God shows Himself to us is through the world around us - our families, our friends, and through His creation. Streamside’s Nature Center provides a controlled environment that allows campers a safe and hands-on experience with critters of all kinds. From exotic frogs, turtles, and snakes, to raccoons, ‘possum, and perhaps even an alligator, each camper will be able to experience God’s creation up close and personal.
Step outside and hike the unique Bog Trail or wander through the woods, our trained guides will help you to see, touch, and even taste the beauty of nature. Come be amazed by God’s incredible design for this world!
God has revealed Himself to us not only through the world around us, but also through His Word, the Bible. In our morning Bible classes and evening Vespers, we employ puppets, drama, songs, and guest teachers to help each camper learn more about God and how much He cares for them.
To lead the way, a diverse staff of mature believers come from all over the world representing many backgrounds and cultures. Our common desire is for campers to begin an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ and to commit to living transformed lives. We believe it is essential to have a well-trained staff who are attentive to the needs and safety of each camper. Our staff and volunteers must complete an extensive application process along with background screening before serving at Streamside. Certified medical personnel and lifeguards are always on duty and secondary accident insurance is carried for all campers.
With several camp dates to choose from, there is no need for anyone to miss out on a great time this summer. Between free time at the pool, boating pond, or snack shop, morning activities, evening Vespers, and a camp wide secret mission, there is never a dull moment! Whether climbing the mountain or making new friends on the basketball court, Kids Camp is the place to be!
Streamside has four one-week encampment dates available for kids 8 to 12-years-old. Each encampment begins on a Monday afternoon and ends the following Saturday morning.||Monroe||*Main Site (Streamside Camp & Conference Center)||Streamside Camp and Conference Center|
|Lancaster Bible College||Degree and Certificate Programs:
- Bible, one-year certificate
- Bible, two-year associate degree
- Bible Ministry
- Children and Family Ministry
- Communication Program
- Counseling, Professional
- Education, Bible K-12
- Education, Health and Physical Education K-12
- Elementary Education/Early Level
- Elementary Education/Middle Level
- Elementary Education/Middle Level: English/LAN concentration
- Elementary Education/Middle: Social Studies Concentration
- Intercultural Studies
- Music Performance Program: Composition
- Music Performance Program: Instrumental
- Music Performance Program: Musical Theatre
- Music Performance Program: Pedagogy
- Music Performance Program: Vocal
- Pastoral Ministry
- Pastoral Studies, pre-seminary
- Social Work
- Spiritual Formation and Discipleship
- Sports Management ad Ministry
- Student Ministry
- Teaching English to Speakers of other languages (TESOL)
- Women in Christian Ministries
- Worship Arts Program
- Bible (MA Bible)
- Consulting Resource Teach (M. Ed)
- Doctor of Philosophy In Leadership (PhD)
- Elementary School Guidance (M. Ed)
- Leadership Studies (MA Ministry)
- Marriage and Family Counseling (MA Counseling)
- Mental Health Counseling (MA Counseling)
- Pastoral Studies (MA Ministry)
- Reading Specialist Certification K-12
- Secondary School Guidance (M. Ed Counseling)
- Small Group Leadership (MA Ministry)
Degree Completion (DC): A program for adults 25 years or older with 50 or more college credits, which enables them to complete a Bachelor of Science in Bible degree in just 20 months, meeting one night a week or online. Adults 25 or older can also start in an associate program meets one night a week or online and have the opportunity to earn a bachelor degree through the same format.
Institute of Biblical Enrichment: A non-college credit program of education designed to provide enrichment for adults in various areas of Bible study, ministry skills, cultural, and historical studies.
Graduate School: Four degrees are offered, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Ministry and Master of Arts in Bible and Master of Education. Program schedule is designed to be convenient for part-time students who work full time.
||Lancaster||Lancaster Bible College||Lancaster Bible College|
|LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve||LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve is a volunteer-run facility that offers therapeutic outdoor programs for wounded veterans with all levels of disabilities. It provides a friendly handicap-accessible camp environment and therapeutic outdoor activities like hunting and fishing and offers recreational opportunities specifically geared to each wounded veterans’ needs and abilities.
Many of the participants in LEEK’s program come to the Preserve directly from medical facilities throughout the U.S. where they have been recovering from serious injuries. The program is designed to provide a therapeutic outdoor experience as the wounded veteran’s introduction back into an accepting and appreciative society.
||Potter||LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve||LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve|
|Lehigh Valley Camps||Online resource to help parents and care givers find both fun and educational camps for their children.||Lehigh||Community Services For Children||Community Services For Children|
|Montgomery County Opportunities Industrialization Center - Camp Xtreme||Summer math and science enrichment camp that helps to develop and maintain skills throughout the summer for children ages 7 to 14 years of age. The program is all inclusive with meals and trips.||Montgomery||Montgomery County Opportunities Industrialization Center - Montogmery; Norristown||Montgomery County Opportunities Industrialization Center|
|Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania - Summer Adventure Camp||wildwonders
Discover the nature in your neighborhood on Monday. Go on a bug safari, listen for birds in the woods and uncover animal hideaways! Use your senses and imagination to detect where these creatures live and how they survive.
From roots to shoots to seeds and weeds, we will learn all about the tree-mendous plants we can’t live without on Tuesday. Why are they green? How do they grow? Dissect
a flower, make a terrarium and examine tree cookies!
Gear up for an exploration on Thursday! Navigate your way through all ends of the Arboretum. Work as a team to follow clues, complete a scavenger hunt and solve a garden
Do pizza and bubble gum come from a plant? Spend Wednesday learning where our food comes from. Visit Bloomfield Farm, harvest summer vegetables and prepare a picnic.
Bring your rain boots on Friday and get ready for a wet and messy day digging in the dirt and exploring the Arboretum’s streams.||Philadelphia||Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia; Chestnut Hill||Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania|
|New Frankford Community Y - Cosmic Challenger Summer Camp||Campers will spend the summer learning about the world of science. They will challenge their minds and learn from their experiments. Provides swimming and swimming lessons, indoor and outdoor play, arts and crafts, computer lab and music. In addition, children will be encouraged to enhance their math and reading skills. Membership fee required. Call for more fee information.||Philadelphia||*Main Site (New Frankford Community Y)||New Frankford Community Y|
|North Light Community Center - Teen Services||USLA helps in-school youth build core 21st Century Skills including post-secondary enrollment and retention and proficiency in workplace competencies.||Philadelphia||North Light Community Center - Philadelphia; Manayunk||North Light Community Center|
|Pathfinders Wilderness Adventure Camp||Pathfinders is a 8-day backpacking, camping and canoeing adventure for those who are looking for an extreme summer camp experience. More than a wilderness trip, Pathfinders is designed to challenge you physically and spiritually.
Your adventure begins with a time of preparation instructed by our experienced Pathfinders Guides. During this time, you will be lead through the process of packing everything your Pathfinders team will need to survive for six days in the wilderness. This training will also include proper canoeing techniques to ensure a fun and SAFE trip.
The first part of your adventure will be hiking on the Appalachian Trail through Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Mid-week, you will drop the packs and canoe (and swim) down the picturesque Delaware River for the remaining three days. Along the way, your Pathfinders team will enjoy the peace and beauty of God’s creation, sleep under the stars at night, eat meals prepared over a campfire, and see wildlife in its natural environment.
Each day your Guide will challenge you with a devotional from the Word of God. You will be encouraged to rise above the mediocre and win battles on the trail, river, and within yourself that you never thought you could overcome. Are you up to the challenge?
||Monroe||*Main Site (Streamside Camp & Conference Center)||Streamside Camp and Conference Center|
|Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts - Summer Fundamentals Arts Camp||Provides one week sessions. There are four different camp sessions to choose which include drawing, filmmaking, cartooning, sculpture, world fest, circus arts and more. Extended hours are available.||Philadelphia||Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts - Philadelphia; Center City||Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts|
|Pennsylvania National Guard - Child and Youth Program||The Child and Youth Program implements and facilitates training/readiness programs for military youth. It also provides child and youth referral and resources to Service members and Families to reduce the challenges that arise from military service.
Child and Youth Programs|
- Day and Overnight Camps
- Family Camps
- Military Child and Youth Resource Center
- State and National Conference Opportunities
- Summer Teen and Youth Camps
- Volunteer Opportunities and Workshops
- Weekend Camps
- Baby Bundles
|Lebanon||Pennsylvania National Guard||Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veteran Affairs|
|Penn York Camp and Retreat Center||A year-round Christian Camp and Retreat Center. Offers 12 different summer camp programs. Available for group rentals, for retreats, and conferences. ||Potter||Penn York Camp and Retreat Center||Penn York Camp and Retreat Center|
|Pennypack Farm Education Center for Sustainable Food Systems - On the Farm||Campers from College Settlement Camp visit the farm twice during their summer camp. They learn to appreciate organic farming and nature at an early age. College Settlement Camp of Philadelphia provides camp opportunities to economically needy children, serving almost 10,000 children each year from Philadelphia, Montgomery and Delaware Counties through its residential environmental education programs and summer residential camp. Pennypack Farm activities include being a farmer, a children's Edible Classroom garden, child-centered farm tours and food-tastings throughout the growing season. Students are introduced to the reality of "where their food comes from" , that is from the soil and the labor of farmers. Students connect the effect that their lifestyle decisions will have on the ecological health of their region and the nutritional health of their bodies.
||Montgomery||Pennypack Farm - Montgomery; Horsham||Pennypack Farm Education Center for Sustainable Food Systems|
|Philadelphia Parks and Recreation - Camps||Offers a wide variety of cultural camps, overnight and day camps and sports and athletic camps in the Philadelphia region.||Philadelphia||Philadelphia Parks and Recreation - Philadelphia; Center City||Philadelphia Parks and Recreation|
|Philadelphia Zoo - Zoo Camps||Philadelphia Zoo Summer Camp gives children the opportunity to learn and have fun with hands on games and activities around the Zoo. Full and half day camps available for 1-3 week programs throughout the summer months.||Philadelphia||Philadelphia Zoo - Philadelphia; West Philadelphia||Philadelphia Zoo|
|Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens - Summer Camps||Phipps' has several summer day camps that connect youth ages 2 through 9 to nature, science and healthy living through fun, participatory environment-based activities—from growing and cooking their own vegetables, crafting with recycled materials, and drawing and photographing nature while exploring the Conservatory and outdoor gardens. Each camp day includes a healthy plant-related snack.||Allegheny||Summer Programs||Summer Programs|
|Pittsburgh Chess Club||Offers chess camps and classes year round at the Pittsburgh Chess Club, located in Squirrel Hill. Classes run in 6 week sets. The classes are primarily geared toward kids, but interested adults may also enroll. Summer camps offer kids a chance to get individualized attention in a small group setting from Chessmaster Jerry Meyers. Kids play games against each other and the Chessmaster. Camps run from mid-June to mid-August. Each week of camp is geared toward students of a specific play level.||Allegheny||Pittsburgh Chess Club Summer Chess Camps||Pittsburgh Chess Club Summer Chess Camps|
|Pittsburgh Project Service Camps||Get on the road and join us for an urban mission trip in Pittsburgh. Crazy cobblestone streets and soaring steel bridges connect neighborhoods dotted with elderly, isolated residents who need help now. Your group will spend a week to rebuild their homes. You'll bear witness to God's great love. And you'll see God in action throughout your visit. Each year, our Service Camps engage over 2500 participants during Summer, Alternative Spring Break, Weekend, and One-Day camps. We challenge participants to take on a worldview that is underpinned by Christlike servant leadership. Since our launch in 1985, we have deployed over 24,000 people from 35 states and four countries. Grades served: 9 - 12. Registration: Register your group by completing a form available on our website.
Eligibility:We take groups of young people accompanied by adult 21+-leaders. Capacity:260 per week. Waiting List: Varies by week; please check our website for details. Cost:FEE$360.00. Program fees include all meals, housing, and construction materials.||Allegheny||Pittsburgh Project Service Camps||Pittsburgh Project|
|Pittsburgh's Joey Travolta Film Camp||Pittsburgh's Joey Travolta Film Camp an inclusive, therapeutic, summer day camp geared toward students with autism spectrum and related disorders, ages 9 - 25. Joey Travolta, a former special education teacher, creates, coordinates, and actually facilitates this short film camp alongside of our staff. This is an inclusive film camp specifically designed to address social, communication, executive function, transition and vocational goals as defined by each student’s IEP or OVR. For two straight weeks, campers will be actively engaged in teamwork with the objective of producing a short film. Concept development, story boarding, acting, costume design, set design, production and editing are just a few aspects of the real work experience gained through participation in this two week program. This is an inclusive program and open to persons of all abilities.||Allegheny||Summer Programs||Summer Programs|
|Priestly-Forsythe Memorial Library - STEM Program||Offer programs that enrich students on Science, Engineering, Art and Math through the use of Technology. Currently offering the following programs:
Home School Students (Age 4 and Older)
Preschool Students (Age 3 – 5)
Elementary After School (Kindergarten – Fifth Grade)||Northumberland||Priestly-Forsythe Memorial Library - Children's Programs||Priestly-Forsythe Memorial Library|
|Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial - Youth Programs||Fleisher's classes for young people provide training and creative and cultural experiences for children ages five to eighteen. Sessions are designed to foster learning, encourage individual expression, and provide arts appreciation and skill development in a wide range of disciplines. Our youngest students focus on tactile projects that introduce a range of materials and concepts. Older students focus on skill development, individual choice, and in-depth study of specific media. Our instructors are experienced teaching professionals in the arts.
Drawing and Painting (ages 5 to 13)
Children develop creative thinking processes while exploring a variety of mediums and techniques. Formal elements of color and design are introduced at age-appropriate levels.
Mixed Media (ages 5 to 10)
Young people explore contemporary techniques and materials to create three- two-dimensional pieces combining painting, drawing and sculpture. Formal elements of color and design are introduced at age appropriate levels.
Sculpture (ages 7 to 18)
Three-dimensional work allows young artists to expand their understanding of artistic concepts and techniques.
Printmaking (ages 10 to 18)
Drawing skills are expanded and developed through intaglio and relief printmaking techniques of collagraph, etching, monotype, linoleum, and woodcut.
Art Foundations (ages 14 to 18, or by teacher recommendation)
This class will provide teens with the basic skills needed for advanced classes. Focusing on the elements of art and design, drawing skills (use of line value, contrast, form, volume, perspective, and compostion) will be developed through exercises in direct observation.
Oil Painting (ages 14 to 18, prior enrollment in Art Foundations required)
This class will focus on advanced techniques in drawing, composition, color mixing, and painting with oils. Students will complete at least three pieces for their portfolio.
Digital Photography (ages 14 to 18)
Students will develop their photographic eye, and make images that tell stories while capturing their own point of view. Students will learn basic editing, manipulation, and printing of images through Photoshop® Elements. Teens must provide their own digital camera.
Silkscreen (ages 11 to 13)
In this introduction to screen printing, students will learn both photo and hand-drawn methods of silkscreen printing. Young people will have the opportunity to translate their artwork into a series of prints on paper or t-shirts.
Cambodian Classical Dance (ages 6 to adult)
This class teaches the ancient dance forms once practiced exclusively for the royal court of Phnom Penh in Cambodia. Court dance teaches the ancient stories of gods, demons, and heroes, and the symbolic meaning of gestures, costumes, and masks. The class requires stretching and exercises in breathing and balance. Class is conducted both in English and Khmer. Membership required||Philadelphia||Fleisher Art Memorial - Philadelphia; Queen Village||Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial|
|Sewickley Academy Summer Programs||Challenging and exciting enrichment programs in academics, the arts, and athletics. Features Chamber Music Camp, Performing Arts Camp, SAT Preparation, Geometry for Credit, pottery, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, creative play groups for early childhood, and seminars for all ages in writing, humanities, and mathematics. Half-day programs of one to six weeks run throughout the summer.||Allegheny||Sewickley Academy||Sewickley Academy|
|Shaare Shamayim-Beth Judah - Summer Camp||The Cardonick Preschool and Kindergarten provides a summer camp program, which is staffed by experienced professionals in our air-conditioned, safe, and nurturing environment. This summertime experience is designed for children ages 18 months through 7 year olds. We provide a full service day camp with swimming, arts and crafts, music and motion, sports, pony rides, moon bouncing, carnival day, themed weeks, special guests, and trips. The camp is an 8-week program with a three-week minimum enrollment. Full or half day sessions are available. Early and late care is also available. A free hot lunch is served to all students enrolled through the lunch hour. All snacks are also provided. Our campers have a great summer having fun with their old friends; they make new friends, and create memories! Call for fee information.||Philadelphia||Shaare Shamayim-Beth Judah - Philadelphia; Bustleton||Shaare Shamayim-Beth Judah|
|Southwest Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center (AHEC) - Summer Health Career Academy||Southwest Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center's Summer Health Career Academy is for academically inclined students who are interested in learning about opportunities in various health careers and the academic preparation necessary for these careers.
Students will meet and talk to practicing health care professionals, engage in health career activities, learn to monitor vital signs, engage in hands on medical procedures, learn basic medical terminology, and receive training in leadership skills.
||Allegheny||Summer Programs||Summer Programs|
|Specialty Sports Camps||Throughout the year, the Chambersburg YMCA hosts a variety of specialty sports camps and clinics for students in 1st - 11th grade.||Franklin||Chambersburg Memorial YMCA||Chambersburg Memorial YMCA|
|Steel River Playhouse - Summer Camp 2017 - Pottstown||An education and performance facility supporting individual and community development through the performing arts. Featuring three 2 week full day camps.||Montgomery||Steel River Playhouse - Pottstown||Steel River Playhouse|
|Stepping Stones for Life Special Interest Camp||Offers residential or day camp facilities that provide opportunities for participants to develop their skills in a specific activity such as athletics, music or art.||Blair||Stepping Stones for Life Equine Assisted Learning Life Skills and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Program||Stepping Stones for Life|
|Summer Learning Program: Shady Hollow Assisted Riding - Full Camp||Camp to include riding lessons in both English and Western, leading, lunging, round pen, grooming, tacking, bathing, stall maintenance, health and wellness. They hope to squeeze in craft time, games, campfire and or trip to the pool.
Shady Hollow Assisted Riding provides a supportive equine environment where individuals with physical, cognitive and/or emotional challenges can experience therapeutic, social and educational rewards.
||Berks||Shady Hollow Assisted Riding||Shady Hollow Assisted Riding|
|Summer Learning Program: Shady Hollow Assisted Riding - Mini Camp||A camp is designed for the beginner rider with little to no previous riding experience. Camp agenda includes introduction to horsemanship: teaches proper grooming, tacking, Leading/Lunging, English and Western riding walk/trot. A craft and or game will be offered during the camp as well.
Shady Hollow Assisted Riding provides a supportive equine environment where individuals with physical, cognitive and/or emotional challenges can experience therapeutic, social and educational rewards.
||Berks||Shady Hollow Assisted Riding||Shady Hollow Assisted Riding|
|Taller Puertorriqueno - Summer Arts Camp||Provides one six week session, with extended hours available. Theme is agriculture tied in with Latin jazz. There will be ceramics, cuatro & guitar, arts & crafts, recreation, live performances, field trips, and more. Breakfast and lunch included. Fee.||Philadelphia||Taller Puertorriqueno, Inc. - Philadelphia; West Kensington||Taller Puertorriqueno|
|Teen Camp||Looking for adventure and new experiences? Maybe you want to be inspired or challenged in your spiritual growth. No matter what you’re looking for, Teen Camp has it! With a unique format geared towards older campers, more activities than ever, late night excursions, team oriented missions and a “for Teens only” day trip, Teen Camp is absolutely hands-down unforgettable!
||Monroe||*Main Site (Streamside Camp & Conference Center)||Streamside Camp and Conference Center|
|Temple University - Summer Education Camp - Ambler||Summer Education Camp provides opportunity for children to learn about a specific area of interest, experience a college campus, and have fun. The camps are a fun-filled approach to academic subjects in a small group setting.
Programs available include:
- Web Site Design
- Fun with Math
- Science and Computers
- Kids on Stage
- Creative Arts and Writing
- Detective Science||Montgomery||Temple University Ambler - Montgomery; Ambler||Temple University Ambler|
|Theatre Horizon - Education||Education:
One-third of Theatre Horizon’s mission is dedicated to arts education because we believe that through arts education, children are given tools to grow as individuals, creatively, and as a member of a team. Theatre Horizon focuses its education program on the idea that theatre is not just a discipline, it is a way of harboring creativity, ingenuity, and lessons for both inside and outside the theatre. We offer education programs for a variety of age groups with the goal of both having fun and encouraging children to grow.
Theatre Horizon offers summer drama camps to children aged 7 to 12 in Montgomery County. Using their bodies, voices and imaginations, students create characters and work with others to write and perform their own show. Students engage in a variety of theatrical exercises including character development, storytelling techniques, movement, vocalization, and games that encourage creativity and teamwork. A final performance for parents and friends on the last day gives young actors a chance to showcase their imaginative creations in full costume!
After School Drama Program:
Theatre Horizon is excited to bring after-school drama classes to area elementary schools!
Classes run weekly throughout the 2010-2011 school year for roughly 18 sessions and are specially designed for elementary school students of all levels, from beginner to budding stars.
Theatre Horizon will coordinate a weekly after school drama class in your elementary school. Students will learn acting techniques, participate in creative activities that encourage personal growth and teamwork, and work towards presenting a full-scale production of a play by the end of the semester! Building on the success of the Ithan Elementary School Drama Program, Theatre Horizon is expanding to include other area elementary schools. Classes are held in the school auditorium and taught by Theatre Horizon's staff of trained and certified drama teachers.
A major element of Theatre Horizon's mission is arts education. We believe that through the arts, children are given tools to grow creatively, both as individuals and as a member of a team. Theatre Horizon focuses its education program on the idea that active participation in dramatic activities is a way of nurturing imagination, ingenuity, and a love of the arts.
How can my school participate?
If you are interested in having your school participate in Theatre Horizon's After-School Drama Program, please contact Michael McElroy at Michael@theatrehorizon.org or call (202) 299-6648
Autism Drama Outreach Program:
Using a variety of dramatic techniques, Theatre Horizon has developed a drama program that strives to inspire imaginary play and encourage interest in human relationships, which are some of the key challenges in children with autism.
- To inspire imagination and flexible thinking
- To help children find their own voice
- To teach social skills in a fun and positive way
Our program is influenced by many different types of therapies and programs for children on the autism spectrum. Using core principles of the Son-Rise approach, floor-time therapy as well as modified and un-modified acting lessons and activities for children, we provide a program that supports and loves each individual child for who he or she is. We discover each child's unique and individual motivations and build off of them, encouraging relationships and creative play.
We often create custom-made games that cross the child's motivations with our goals for them. Along with teaching the basics of drama, we incorporate principles of the three E's (energy, enthusiasm and excitement!), non-judgment, acceptance and tons of encouragement. We are mindful that the kids we work with are kids! Therefore we try to be silly, fun and interesting to watch. We are the child's very active, energetic and imaginative play partner.
Our underlying goal is to help the students feel good about themselves while engaging in dramatic play with an accepting and encouraging friend.
Links to other Resources:
The Autism Treatment Center of America, is the worldwide teaching center for The Son-Rise Program(R), a powerful and effective treatment for children and adults challenged by Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), Asperger's Syndrome, and other developmental difficulties.
The Son-Rise Program was originated in 1974 by parents, Barry Neil Kaufman (best-selling author, Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues) and Samahria Lyte Kaufman for their son. The treatment and educational model has changed the way children with Autism are helped worldwide. All Son-Rise Programs are designed especially for parents to teach parents how to effectively help and work with their children.
||Montgomery||Theatre Horizon - Montgomery; Norristown||Theatre Horizon|
|The Woodlands - Sports Camp||The Woodlands is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children and young adults with disability and chronic illness. Using its fully accessible and barrier-free facilities, the Woodlands' programs enable participants to experience social, cultural, environmental, recreational and spiritual growth.
Sports Camp, a 5-day, overnight, summer camp brings individuals with special needs the benefits of physical activity and the emotional lift of competing and being part of a team. It teaches valuable lessons about winning and losing. Additional benefits include refinement of motor skills, encouragement of individual goal setting, and learning more about healthy lifestyles through nutrition and exercise. Participants can also anticipate playing badminton, golf, disc golf, volleyball, yoga, archery, basketball, learning to cook healthy meals, as well as being baseball stars as we play a game at the Miracle League Field in Cranberry!
The 32-acre site features: an indoor heated pool, 48-bed lodge, dining hall, creative arts and computer center, activity center, camping area, sports court, nature trail, amphitheater, and a par-3 adapted golf course.
Woodlands Programming focus on the following:
Socialization: To provide opportunities to increase peer socialization and utilization of social skills for healthy relationships through recreational experiences.
Independence: To provide opportunities to increase independence with self-care through practiving activities of daily living in a supported environment.
Recreation: To provide opportunities to increase participation in adapted recreational activities in a group environment.
Self-Perception: To provide opportunities to improve self-perception through positive recreational experiences.
Health/Wellness: To provide opportunities to increase physical fitness through adapted physical activity and healthy cooking activities.||Allegheny||Summer Programs||Summer Programs|
|Tiger Pause Youth Ministry - Summer Camp||During this six-week camp, students learn how to swim, create arts and crafts projects, perform community service activities, participate in Bible studies and take part in athletics. Only children who reside in Beaver Falls, New Brighton, Rochester, and Midland are eligible to attend the camp. A typical week includes the following activities:
||Beaver||Summer Programs||Summer Programs|
|Trinity United Presbyterian Church - Summer Reading Camp||Trinity United Presbyterian Church's Summer Reading Camp assists students entering 1st and 2nd grade in individualized instruction to help raise reading scores. Lunch will be provided through the Summer Food Program.
||Fayette||Summer Programs||Summer Programs|
|Valley Forge Choir of Men and Boys - Choir Camp||Any boys ages 8 and older (until voice change) are invited to participate with us in this year's Choir Camp. Each day's schedule will include music, crafts, games and swimming - and an occasional hike during the week. Boys are to bring their own lunch each day, and a bathing suit and towel. There is no charge for the camp, however, donations are suggested to help with the expenses of the camp.||Chester||*Main Site (The Valley Forge Choir of Men and Boys)||Valley Forge Choir of Men and Boys|
|Variety the Children's Charity My Bike Program||Variety's "My Bike" Program provides adaptive bikes to eligible children with disabilities.||Allegheny||Summer Programs||Summer Programs|
|Work To Ride - Summer Camp||Our summer camp is for all horse loving children between the ages of 5 and 15 who want to learn everything there is to know about horses and how to ride. We offer an extensive foundation in horseback riding and care in a fun and safe environment. Campers learn about safety, teamwork, responsibility, animal husbandry, barn management, equine nutrition and animal behavior. On Fridays, parents are invited to watch their kids participate in games on horseback.
"Little Kids Camp" - For the young horse enthusiasts, Ages 5-7.
"Seasoned Riders Camp" - To participate, riders must have permission from the program director. This camp offers the chance to explore different aspects of the horse world. The camp will include three classes at the Bucks County Horse Show, horse rental and trailering.
"Polo Camp" - AM Session will be open to riders that currently play polo. The focus will be on arena team strategy, field positioning, offensive and defensive strategies, penalties and conversion, and riding. PM session for riders that can walk and trot comfortably under control and want to learn about arena polo. In this session students will learn polo basics, riding, hitting, equipment, rules and safety. Students must be 8 years old and up.
||Philadelphia||Work to Ride - Chamounix Equestrian Center - Philadelphia; Fairmount Park||Work To Ride|